"The instructors have a great understanding of all criteria [CSA Competency Standards] and I wish I had more time to pick each of their brains. The 6 months [on course] does not do justice to the level of knowledge that Alex Ramsbottom [Program Director] has to offer."
"The operations director and school staff were very helpful and willing to accomodate my individual situation that enabled me to enroll in the earliest and most convenient course.
The course director and supervising staff were very encouraging, motivational, even inspiring in the passing of their knowledge, skills and experience including professional and personal advice.
The field environment and equipment were very reliable and proved to be save, well maintained and efficient throughout the course. The academic institution was clean with well updated equipment as well.
The geographic location of the school being set in the city of Kelowna in the Okanagan region of BC is well known for its access to diverse outdoor activities that represent the best of what Canada is known for. It's confirmed to be a very easy-going environment with a relaxed mountainous and lake-side setting combined with urban amenities.
It was all together a great experience that will always be remembered!"
"CAT-1 was in my opinion truly eye opening only being 18 years old and going into the commercial industry. When you think about the commercial industry you think about a guy that is 35 and jacked but that is not the case with the dive industry it is a myth! While it is important to stay in shape for this amazing career most of us are not juice monkeys on oil rigs. Divers are one of the closest nit group of people and all get along with each other since there are a select few of us. In this line of work you'll get to go to places you didn't know existed and see some truly awe inspiring things in your work. I have done bridge rehabilitation in Ontario Canada and worked in the gulf of Mexico. The best piece of advice I could offer to someone going into this line of work is you need to know and learn to adapt to the surroundings. One job might be a breeze and the other one you want to get out of on day 5. Just be ready and be prepared and you will go far in this career."
"As someone with relatively little diving experience I was apprehensive enrolling in the CAT 1 program at CDI. The combination of quality industry standard equipment, a purpose built facility, and incredibly knowledgeable instructors who continue to be part of the industry put any anxieties to rest. The course was varied, challenging and most of all gratifying. I highly recommend the school and its programs and can say with certainty that I made the right choice!"
"A huge thanks to the kindly team of Commercial Diving Institute of Canada for all the support and the possibility to upgrade my HSE commercial diver certificate during the PLAR course to the DCBC Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver.
Since I started working as a commercial diver, I met a few commercial divers working for years in the diving business but with less knowledge and competence than the students I could meet by CDI and they weren’t certified at this point.
I’m really looking forward to meeting one of these students on the field, because I know they got a great education as commercial divers for in and offshore work and not just a basic course.
Yours, Mario Müggler, Commercial Diver in Europe Nor.”